The US Navy's auxiliary general purpose oceanographic research vessel (AGOR) R/V Sally Ride (AGOR 28) has concluded builder's trials off the coast of Anacortes.
The trials assessed various shipboard systems and ensured operational readiness before engaging the vessel for acceptance trials with the US Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.
The tests involved demonstrating the functionality of the vessel's propulsion system; mission-over-the-side handling equipment, anchor handling system, and work / rescue boat launch system.
Support Ships, Boats, and Craft programme manager Mike Kosar said: "Our entire navy and shipbuilder team have done an outstanding job in preparing the vessel for upcoming acceptance trials."
Built by Dakota Creek Industries, the 238ft-long R/V Sally Ride is modelled on a single-hull commercial design and is incorporated with high-efficiency diesel engines, emissions controls for stack gasses, and new information technology tools to monitor shipboard systems and facilitate the communication with the world.
The vessel has the capacity to accommodate 24 scientists and will operate with a crew of 20.
The AGOR vessels support research underway in the Atlantic, Western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions by providing the required tools and capabilities to the scientists.
Following delivery, the ship will be operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography under a charter party agreement with the Office of Naval Research.
The first vessel R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) was delivered to the navy last year.
Image: R/V Sally Ride (AGOR 28) during the christening ceremony. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by John Williams/Released.